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Rat Control Portland

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Rats! Hearing noises in the walls?

Or seeing rodents outside? Ready to call an exterminator, but don’t want risky chemicals? Call us today.

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Portland Rat Control

Our rat control services focus on thorough inspections, finding and sealing rat entry points, and using environmentally safe extermination techniques when necessary.

Its no secret, Portland rats are widespread & abundant. Like other invasive species, left unchecked, Norway rats and roof rats can multiply out of control– And fast.  We may not like to think about it, but rat control is essential for human health and safety.

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Emily Sandstrom
Emily Sandstrom
Great and helpful experience with Keith. He was very knowledgeable and thorough and respectful of my specific needs.
Deanna Schindler-Ord
Deanna Schindler-Ord
Keith is fantastic! He was on the same page as me when I asked for help with the ants, but wanted to be sure the spiders, bees & butterflies would be safe. We recently had a random infestation of moths that he helped identify & treat. Highly recommend!
Brandon Loveland
Brandon Loveland
Keith is excellent, thorough, and I highly recommend him for any pest control needs. Very nice guy and extremely professional.
Cheryl Bertin
Cheryl Bertin
Kieth was punctual, courteous, and knowledgeable. We wanted a less toxic approach to pest control and he delivered. Walked me through some follow up and remains available for questions. Nice guy, great service.
James A. Holland
James A. Holland
Pest & Pollinator is just what we needed! Custom, considerate care for the conscious ecosystem manager.
Matt Wyss
Matt Wyss
## Pest & Pollinator: Saving our sanity (and our rental property)! **5 stars, no question!** Pest & Pollinator isn't just your average pest control company – they're **eco-conscious heroes** who saved our rental property from a critter catastrophe! Let's just say, when we discovered unwelcome guests (of the creepy crawly variety) had taken up residence, we were at our wits' end. But Pest & Pollinator, with their **calm expertise and innovative approach**, turned the tide in record time. **Here's why they deserve every star under the sun:** * **Quick response:** They were at our door within 24 hours, ready to assess the situation. No waiting in pest purgatory! * **Thorough inspection:** They didn't just spray and pray. They meticulously identified the culprit, their entry points, and potential nesting spots. They even explained everything in a way we could understand (no entomology jargon here!). * **Eco-friendly solutions:** We were thrilled with their **commitment to sustainable pest control**. They used targeted, natural methods that kept our furry (and not-so-furry) friends safe while eliminating the unwanted ones. No chemical cocktails or harmful residues – just peace of mind. * **Follow-up and prevention:** They didn't just disappear after the initial treatment. They followed up to ensure the problem was truly gone and even offered tips on long-term prevention – like sealing up potential entry points and creating a welcoming environment for natural predators. **The result?** Our rental property is pest-free, our tenants are happy, and we can finally sleep soundly knowing Pest & Pollinator has our back (and our walls)! **If you're looking for pest control that's effective, eco-friendly, and simply fantastic, look no further than Pest & Pollinator. They're the real deal, and they'll have you singing their praises (pest-free, of course!) in no time.** **P.S.** Bonus points for their friendly and professional staff! They made a stressful situation a lot less so with their positive attitude and clear communication. **Thank you, Pest & Pollinator! You're our new pest-banishing BFFs!**
Martin Rozycki
Martin Rozycki
Very quick and professional service. Will definitely use again next time we have an issue!
Sally Krantz
Sally Krantz
Keith is really knowledgeable, thorough and honest. He was able to do a tricky exclusion for a reasonable price. Highly recommend!

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Eco Friendly Rat Control

At first, a daytime rat sighting might be a novel moment of wildlife watching. But if you’re seeing rats in the backyard during the day, it’s best to be proactive to prevent rats from reproducing out of control and causing damage. We create custom Integrated Pest Management strategies for rats around your home, designed for safety for people, pets, and wildlife.

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Rat Control FAQs

What diseases do rats carry?

According to the CDC, rats can carry & transmit hantavirus (roof rats), hemorrhagic fever with renal symptoms, leptospirosis, tuleremia, bartonella, plague, salmonella and other diseases.

We seldom think about rat bourn illness. But for many with aging or unsecure homes, this could be a serious issue if not for professional rodent control services.

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Will Rats Just Go Away?

Unfortunately, probably not. Rats are both a political & ecological issue. Their foraging range is about 3 city blocks. If rats find a consistent food source within that area, each rat is capable of multiplying by 10 every two months.

Many experience this firsthand. Unsecured trash, dumpsters, chicken coops, squirrel feeders, bird food, fruit trees, compost, and even grass seed and earthworms can sustain large colonies of rats that become difficult to trap as they learn over time. 

Best Bait For Rat Traps?

The best bait for rat traps is usually nut butters & seed pastes. Nuts and seeds have the perfect blend of carbs, fats & proteins that rats crave. And spreads like peanut butter & sunflower butter are long-lasting & have a pasty consistency that is convenient for applying to the traps.

If peanut butter isn’t working, assume the rats associate the smell with a previous dangerous experience. Get creative and use something else with lots of carbs, protein and fat like bacon, chicken, candy, chips, jelly or jam.

Can Rats Climb Walls?

Yes, rats can scale 90 degrees up wood, concrete, vinyl, and any other walls with a textured surface. They have ice-pick sharp claws that allow them to climb vertical surfaces (just like a squirrel does).

Since rodents can climb over fences & walls (and also burrow underneath), that’s partly why it’s so difficult to keep rats out of your garden & yard.

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Peppermint Oil for Rats?

Peppermint oil contains menthol other volatile organic chemicals that can be irritating to mammals’ respiratory systems, skin or eyes if exposed to high concentrations.

When using peppermint oil to deter rats:

  • Always make sure you have closed up the entire house except 1 entry point.
  • Place your peppermint oil repellent (1-2 drops on a paper towel) into attics, crawlspaces, garages, or stuff into the 1 remaining entry point.
  • Seal the remaining entry point when the activity ceases.
  • Always use extreme caution with peppermint oil rat repellents to ensure you do not end up harming yourself or others.

Best Way to Get Rid of Rats

The best way to get rid of rats is to remove any attractive foods & hiding places possible. Inspect your foundation, vents, eaves, dormers & gutters every 6 months for entry points and seal any openings greater than 1/4″ with sturdy metal materials.

Beware that bird feeders can attract rats, and that homes with earthen crawlspaces are highly susceptible to invasion from burrowing Norway rats.

If you don’t have any food or hiding places for rats outside, or tried to control rats with unsatisfactory results, give us a call. 

We have the experience, equipment and excellent service you need to identify rodent entry points, get them sealed, and leave you with a plan for long-term success.

Pest & Pollinator LLC is committed to our mission of helping the Portland OR community solve pest problems while reducing pesticides and protecting biodiversity.

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We're Oregon's–and the PNW's–only Green Shield Certified pest control company by the IPM Institute of North America. We care for your health, safety and sustainability. You can feel confident when choosing Pest & Pollinator that we're protecting your family, pets, and planet better.

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Emily Sandstrom
Emily Sandstrom
Great and helpful experience with Keith. He was very knowledgeable and thorough and respectful of my specific needs.
Deanna Schindler-Ord
Deanna Schindler-Ord
Keith is fantastic! He was on the same page as me when I asked for help with the ants, but wanted to be sure the spiders, bees & butterflies would be safe. We recently had a random infestation of moths that he helped identify & treat. Highly recommend!
Brandon Loveland
Brandon Loveland
Keith is excellent, thorough, and I highly recommend him for any pest control needs. Very nice guy and extremely professional.
Cheryl Bertin
Cheryl Bertin
Kieth was punctual, courteous, and knowledgeable. We wanted a less toxic approach to pest control and he delivered. Walked me through some follow up and remains available for questions. Nice guy, great service.
James A. Holland
James A. Holland
Pest & Pollinator is just what we needed! Custom, considerate care for the conscious ecosystem manager.
Matt Wyss
Matt Wyss
## Pest & Pollinator: Saving our sanity (and our rental property)! **5 stars, no question!** Pest & Pollinator isn't just your average pest control company – they're **eco-conscious heroes** who saved our rental property from a critter catastrophe! Let's just say, when we discovered unwelcome guests (of the creepy crawly variety) had taken up residence, we were at our wits' end. But Pest & Pollinator, with their **calm expertise and innovative approach**, turned the tide in record time. **Here's why they deserve every star under the sun:** * **Quick response:** They were at our door within 24 hours, ready to assess the situation. No waiting in pest purgatory! * **Thorough inspection:** They didn't just spray and pray. They meticulously identified the culprit, their entry points, and potential nesting spots. They even explained everything in a way we could understand (no entomology jargon here!). * **Eco-friendly solutions:** We were thrilled with their **commitment to sustainable pest control**. They used targeted, natural methods that kept our furry (and not-so-furry) friends safe while eliminating the unwanted ones. No chemical cocktails or harmful residues – just peace of mind. * **Follow-up and prevention:** They didn't just disappear after the initial treatment. They followed up to ensure the problem was truly gone and even offered tips on long-term prevention – like sealing up potential entry points and creating a welcoming environment for natural predators. **The result?** Our rental property is pest-free, our tenants are happy, and we can finally sleep soundly knowing Pest & Pollinator has our back (and our walls)! **If you're looking for pest control that's effective, eco-friendly, and simply fantastic, look no further than Pest & Pollinator. They're the real deal, and they'll have you singing their praises (pest-free, of course!) in no time.** **P.S.** Bonus points for their friendly and professional staff! They made a stressful situation a lot less so with their positive attitude and clear communication. **Thank you, Pest & Pollinator! You're our new pest-banishing BFFs!**
Martin Rozycki
Martin Rozycki
Very quick and professional service. Will definitely use again next time we have an issue!
Sally Krantz
Sally Krantz
Keith is really knowledgeable, thorough and honest. He was able to do a tricky exclusion for a reasonable price. Highly recommend!